The dormitories at NJIT are very different from one another. While freshmen, for the most part, can only stay in two of the five dorms, upperclassmen can stay in all five, leaving them with many choices.
Redwood is one of the freshman dorms, where students live in double or triple rooms and have communal bathrooms. It is located near most of the academic buildings, so it is easy to get to class if a student is running late. It is a very social dorm—students tend to become friends and attend events or study together. Cypress is the other freshman dorm. Here, students live in suites that are divided into two double rooms. They have suite bathrooms, and are expected to keep their bathrooms clean. Cypress, like Redwood, is located near most academic buildings. It isn't as social, but suitemates have a habit of becoming good friends. In terms of upperclassman options, Laurel is known as "the best dorm for upperclassmen," as it has suite housing and is reasonably close to the main academic buildings; plus, it has a game lounge and up-to-date rooms. Slightly older than Laurel, Oak Hall, an on-campus apartment complex, is also close to the main academic buildings, but the students tend to be less social here. The other school-owned apartment complex is University Centre, which provides students with fully furnished apartments across the street from campus.